Idaho State University's presence in the Treasure Valley began in the early 1970s with clinical pharmacy rotations at the Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Boise and the Nampa State School.
Since then, ISU— with approval from the Idaho State Board of Education— has added more than 20 graduate and undergraduate degrees to its academic offerings in the Treasure Valley. Most fields of study are in the health professions and sciences.
As programs have grown, so too has ISU’s physical space—moving from leased facilities to the Idaho State University Meridian Health Science Center in August 2009. The ISU-Meridian Health Science Center, which spans four acres, houses nine distance-learning classrooms, the L.S. Skaggs Pharmacy Complex; Counseling and Speech and Language clinics; and human patient simulation and clinical/medical science laboratories. The Delta Dental of Idaho Dental Residency Clinic which opened in 2011, provides advanced training for dentists and treatment for underserved patients.
Unique to ISU-Meridian is its partnership with Joint School District No. 2, whose administrative offices and Renaissance Magnet High School are adjacent to the University. Renaissance students interested in careers in medical sciences and research will have the opportunity to use ISU laboratories and resources.
ISU-Meridian serves as the higher education anchor of THE CORE, an 1,800-acre business enterprise corridor with public and private partners committed to building the economy through innovations in health, research and technology.